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Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.
Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land.
And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee,
And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

25:4 seventh year. God’s command of a sabbatical year’s rest for the land was, no doubt, a test of faith, but modern agricultural science now recognizes it to be a valid principle for continued productivity. Just as God provided a double supply of bread on the sixth day for those who would keep His weekly Sabbath, so He also promised a threefold harvest in the sixth year (Leviticus 25:21) to feed His people through the seventh and eighth years (Leviticus 25:22). A sabbatical year for the land would also be a great means of controlling harmful insects.

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